Friday, February 16, 2007

Well, I'm not sure ...

... The Uncertainty Principle of Beauty. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Actually, I still like Hermann Hesse, if only for the thrill his books gave me when I first discovered them (when I was studying German in college and before the craze began) - and also whenever I listen to Strauss's Four Last Songs.


  1. Anonymous2:08 PM

    I've certainly gotten much pleasure from Hesse, and when a reading space opens I'll read The Glass Bead Game again, in translation, I'm afraid. While on the subject of German writers, have you read Mann's Dr Faustus, Frank, which I might give a read in a while. Perhaps on somewhat similar ground at the moment with Burgess' Eartly Powers which I seem to remember you rating very highly. Rightly so. My only gripe 200 pages in being when Burgess allows himself what are to me, ill-judged and somewhat tedious Joycean lapses.

  2. I do think Earthly Powers is a great novel - and I don't recall any Joycean passages in it. But I reviewed when it came out many years ago, so memory may not serve.
    I have not read Dr. Faustus though I hope to some day.

  3. Anonymous5:31 PM

    The Joycean passages are thankfully rather sparse, and somewhat half-hearted...just a foray in the stream of consciousness type thing every now and again. A bit out of place but no big deal.